Winter Car Maintenance and Preparation Great Falls MT

Looking for Winter Car Maintenance and Preparation in Great Falls? We have compiled a list of businesses and services around Great Falls that should help you with your search. We hope this page helps you find Winter Car Maintenance and Preparation in Great Falls.

Service Max
(406) 727-0380, 001-2004
4100 - 10th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Auto Parts by the Parts Store
(406) 453-6509
217 Vaughn Road
Great Falls, MT
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,Transmission Repair

Northwest Truck Wrecking of Great Falls, Inc
(406) 452-2101
2513 Vaughn Rd
Great Falls, MT
 
Tire-Rama
(406) 761-4200
1627 3rd St Nw
Great Falls, MT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Whalen Tire
(406) 727-4400
1200 Central Ave W
Great Falls, MT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Electric City Brake & Alignment
(406) 761-2852
500 8th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Services
Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Parts Retail, Tractor Equipment & Parts Dealers, Plumbing Service & Repair, Auto Alignment Frames & Axles Service & Repair
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays
Products
alignment, Commercial Industrial, Parts Available, Electric Brake Controllers,

Ron de Witt Repair
(406) 761-6870
1700 Vaughn Road
Great Falls, MT
Services
Transmission Repair

Tire Rama Service Center
(406) 761-4200
1627 3rd Street Northwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Alignment Repair

Bjarko Manufacturing
(406) 761-4676
4804 53rd Avenue Southwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Fabrication and Restoration

Mr Salvage Motorcycles
(406) 761-3151
1421 Central Avenue West
Great Falls, MT
Services
Motorcycle Fabrication,Motorcycle Repair

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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

By DriverSide

When temperatures start to drop, it’s time to get your car ready for winter. The right maintenance, preparation and tools can be literal lifesavers in harsh conditions.



Regular Maintenance
Now’s the time to get your car up to speed on all of its regular maintenance. That means taking care of any fluids that may have been neglected while you were out enjoying the summer sun or going in for that 60,000-mile tune-up if you’re due. Check, change and/or top off your oil, coolant, brake and transmission fluid as needed. In the case of your oil or automatic transmission, make sure you get a high-quality filter, too. It may seem like overkill to take care of all of your fluids at once, but it’s worth it in the long run.

Take a look at the car’s brakes too. Are your rotors warped or cracked? Do they have deep grooves or are the pads worn close to their minimum clearance? Your vehicle will be experiencing harsher conditions soon, so nip any potential problems in the bud now. Make sure all your lights are working properly to ensure good visibility. New bulbs only cost a few dollars and are easy to install yourself or easy to have installed when getting your vehicle serviced. The same goes for windshield wipers. If your blades are more than six months old, odds are it’s time to swap them out for new ones. And don’t forget to fill the washer fluid reservoir with freeze resistant wiper fluid.

Check your tires and consider winter tires
Go ahead and have your tires rotated and inspected. The last thing you need in cold, wet weather is to be driving on bald or dry rotted tires. Err on the side of caution and replace any tires that are too worn.

We’d recommend looking into snow (or winter) tires, depending on your location or length of time you’ll be spending in the snow. Winter tires are made with special low temperature resilient rubber compounds and have deep treads that grip unplowed snow and ice. Even the best all-season tires have compounds that get more brittle as the temperature drops, and when that happens, the tires tend to grip less. The winter tire compound remains pliable when temperatures are low, retaining grip and keeping the car’s safety systems, like all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes, functioning properly.

At this time, also check to make sure your spare tire has enough air in it. Once you’ve made sure everything looks good, take a look at your tire pressure. With everything up to spec, you’ll get better gas mileage and your vehicle will handle and stop better.

Protect the interior
You can’t discount the impact weather can have on the interior of your vehicle either. If you’re going to spend a lot of time ducking in and out of the elements, you might want to grab some all-weather floor mats. They’re easy to...

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